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$10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles

A Puzzle Lady Mystery

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Parnell Hall

Minotaur Books

"Groucho Marx meets Jessica Fletcher!"--RT Book Reviews When young attorney Becky Baldwin hires Cora Felton to make a blackmail payment drop, it couldn’t go worse: she stumbles over a corpse and a puzzle, and someone steals the money. Becky
won’t tell her who the client is, but the most likely suspect is Cora’s least favorite ex-husband, Melvin, who claims he’s being framed by a psychopath with a grudge. Soon Cora finds herself in a no-win situation. Solving the murder will either put Melvin’s neck in the noose, or incur the wrath of a cunning, cold-blooded killer who delights in playing deadly mind games and may be targeting her niece Sherry and Sherry’s new baby girl.  $10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles is another delightful entry in Parnell Hall's entertaining Puzzle Lady series, featuring new puzzles by Will Shortz that help readers solve the mystery!

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“Just keep calm,” Cora said as she piloted the Toyota around the curve.
“Keep calm?” Sherry said from the backseat. “You’re the one driving like a maniac.”
“Don’t distract her,” Aaron said. He had his arm around Sherry and was squeezing her hand.
“Distract her from what?” Sherry said. “Skidding off the road?”
“Hold on,” Cora said. “I’ll get you there.”
Cora was driving Sherry to the hospital. Sherry had just gone into labor, which seemed
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Cora Felton, the Puzzle Lady, is in a tizzy as she drives her niece, Sherry, and her husband to the Bakerhaven, Connecticut, hospital to have their first baby. There is good reason for the tizzy. Sherry, as fans of this series' know, is the real genius behind Cora's crossword puzzles, and if Sherry can't write them, will Cora be outed as a fraud? Complicating matters further, the town's lawyer, Becky Baldwin, seeks Cora's assistance with a blackmail case. Following the first clue, which comes in the form of a Sudoku (Cora knows her Sudoku better than she does her crosswords), the Puzzle Lady sets off to do the drop of $10,000 in blackmail money. Simple task, it would seem, until Cora finds a body in the dumpster. What follows is a farcical romp involving after-hours hospital visits to get Sherry's assistance with crossword-puzzle clues, snatching the Sudoku and crossword clues before the police find them, and dealing with the arrival of an ex-husband, judicial threats, and nighttime wa

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$10,000 IN SMALL, UNMARKED PUZZLES by Parnell Hall | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of $10,000 IN SMALL, UNMARKED PUZZLES . One of the Puzzle Lady's former husbands comes back to haunt her yet again.
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  • Parnell Hall

  • Parnell Hall has been a finalist for Edgar, Lefty, and Shamus Awards. He is a former President of PWA and a member of Sisters in Crime. Parnell competes each year in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. He lives in New York City.
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